Monday, August 29, 2005

Introducing the Hermit family

That last post got me thinking, I really need to come up with blog names for my husband and children. I don't mind being Deb here, and I would feel weird calling myself something else (although I am flutemandolin on some Internet boards), but the rest of my family doesn't have any say over what I write about them. I feel like I'm invading their privacy by using their real names, and it's awkward saying "my husband" or "my six year old daughter" every time I refer to them.

So, hereafter on this blog, my dear husband will be referred to as The Hermit. I'm sure he has no problem with this, as he and I proudly declare ourselves to be hermits and avoid social interaction whenever possible. We even have a little joke about him wanting to be mentored by another local hermit, but the guy won't return his calls...

My children, well, I'm still thinking. Lately my eight year old son has taken to quoting "Calvin and Hobbes", and although in depth of thought he's definitely more Hobbes, I find myself wanting to call him "Calvin". So Calvin he is, for now. His three and a half year old brother answers to "Pulpy", a reference to his ability from babyhood to turn his parents into a mass of quivering pulp by the end of a day. But Pulpy sounds a bit odd. Maybe "Mr. Attitude" would be more appropriate--he's got it. And my six year old daughter...for some reason Starflower comes to mind.

4 comments:

madcapmum said...

I love "The Hermit"! (Well, the name. I'm sure I'd like your actual husband too, if I ever made my way to the hermitage.) "Chive" picked his own name, figuring it was simultaneously cool-sounding and garden-oriented.

Calvin, Starflower, and Mr. Attitude - a perfect fit, from your descriptions.

olympiada said...

cute post - i call my ex my ex and my kid my kid - it allows for expression of my irritablity

Deb said...

madcap-Thanks for the vote of confidence; Calvin, Starflower, and Mr. Attitude it is!
oly-yeah, that would allow you to be more open about expressing yourself. Hope your new blog helps you to work through things.

the dharma bum said...

Wonderful. I lived and breathed Calvin and Hobbes as a kid... Any kid would be proud to have that moniker I should think.

I struggle with the same thing on my site ... when I've been presented with the issue I've tried using "clever" pseudonyms like Fisherman for my buddy who is a big fisherman, Canoeman for my friend who is into canoeing, etc. No matter what, it would seem weird to publish their names on the internet without their consent...